well I've got nothing to do right now....so I'll type some stuff.....
Originally Posted by sktr021
What time are we planning to meet up?
In post no. 13, the meet time of 10:30 am was suggested....no one so far has objected....the Kangaroo gas station in Altoona is frequently used as a jeep gather spot....it has a big parking area and is the dominant landmark of the Altoona crossroad.
State road 19 is the (35 to 60 mph) main line from south to north and state road 42 is a east-west two lane on the southern end of the forest. They intersect in a hamlet called Altoona. It's about 15 miles south of state road 40 on hwy 19, in case anyone comes from that direction. Mapquest.com or google earth will show you how to get there. The Kangaroo gas station is easy to find. It's a convenience store. They sell biscuit and egg sandwiches, hot dogs, sometimes fried chicken. There's another gas station across the street, but nothing else in Altoona. So stop before you get there if you're looking for a McDonalds or something. Depending on where you're coming from, there's nothing really for many miles around.
I asked my wife one last time for a free saturday, she didn't object. So I'm going to start planning for this. I'll be solo probably. I looked on-line and spring turkey hunt season starts march 20, so I don't think there'll be hunters to consider.
We could wander north during the ride so that folks from the north have the benefit of less travel when we're through. I don't care what trails we ride, but I enjoy the less traveled, tight trails. Scratches don't bother me, nor does water fording. Anyone who absolutely won't tolerate a little of that kind of thing might want to speak up before hand so we can talk a little about it. No need to feel bad about it, it just might be good to have it all out before someone drives a distance. And if you know your jeep overheats or something like that, we could discuss that too.
There's possible rain Friday, so that will knock some dust down and make some puddles for us. It should be better weather Saturday, so if you like your top down, no windows, etc....
I guess I'll pack a lunch. There's nothing but forest between Altoona in the south and Salt Springs in the north. But if people want a food break at a convenience store or something, we could talk about that too on the forum. North of s.r. 40 in Salt Springs, there's a small grocery and a few other businesses.
If we stop somewhere in the forest and children need to hit the bushes....shoes are better than flip-flops.
There are some very nice campgrounds scattered around. Juniper Springs is an example. It has a very large spring boil that creates a canoe run through a designated wilderness area. It has nice facilities and would be a good place to stop for a picnic if we have any children or wives who want a clean bathroom. But we'd have to pay a fee to drive in. Maybe $5, I don't remember. I've been there many times to camp and hike, so I don't care if we skip something like that. I only make the suggestion for those who are driving some distance and want to see some of what there is in the area. Salt Springs campground is also nice for similar reasons. There are also other campgrounds like Hopkins Prairie, that we could probably "visit" without paying a fee. Some are much nicer than others.
I'm happy to have a local like OSYJ93 step forward with some ideas. He knows more about our options than I do. Based on my experiences, there's nothing to worry about....just an occasional hidden meth lab and big 'ol florida spiders covering the trails.....
Just throwing some comments out here....